The Community Health Portal
Supporting health workers and patients in rural Africa
In rural Africa healthcare data like treatment advice, patient medical recordsand prescriptions are paper based. It is then hard to keep the information accessible, updated and secured with these manual systems. Hence Information Technology solutions can help to better deliver, display, capture and store health information for both healthcare staff and patients.
ThCommunity Health Portal (CHP) addresses these issues by gathering different applications under one hood. Several diverse applications are already integrated into the CHP, namely a Drug Management Application, an On-the-Job training section and an on-line Pulse Oximeter to monitor pulse and oxygen status of a patient in real time. Others can of course other applications can be integrated into the portal on request and provide transparent and open access to information and data for the best care of the patient..
This portal has also a benefit in creating a virtual team of health workers so that they will be able to share information and facilitate continuous education to rural health workers across distances. By this, rural health workers will get a possibility of communicating to experts/hospital workers in towns in order to optimize care of their patients and having access to continuous training material for themselves. At the same time, the general population will have access to different tools to assess their health.The workers will have an idea on what type of diseases is appearing in which area and help them to come up with a solution for treatment after discussions.
The portal has also benefits for patients and their relatives. Through this portal, they can indeed search for health information, advise and decision support. In general, the general public will have much use of this health portal. No personal information will be accessible to other than those that should have access. This project has been possible by involvement and investments from national healthcare organizations, universities and the European Union. In order to grow as a resource and make a difference, it needs to be continously updated with local and national information and experiences.